Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Blue Angels to Return to Local Air Show

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Blue Angels to Return to Local Air Show

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The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels aerial jet demonstration team has scheduled a repeat performance next year at Aerospace America, Oklahoma City's premier air show.

But, to get the Navy's jet team, Aerospace America officials had to change the show dates to June 4-6, it was announced Tuesday.

This marks the second time this year that the air show has changed its schedule from the traditional Father's Day weekend, both at the behest of the Blue Angels. Besides changing dates, the show has changed location. Rehabilitation of the east runway of Will Rogers World Airport has forced the show to temporarily relocate to C.E. Page Airport, south of Interstate 40 near Yukon. In September, the Oklahoma City All Sports Association withdrew its sponsorship of the air show. That sponsorship started in 1989. The elimination of the sponsorship forced air show officials to regroup, form a new organization and start over with the move from Will Rogers World Airport. When officials applied for one of the three military jet demonstration teams, the Blue Angels responded that they would like to be in Oklahoma City, but the date had to be changed to June 25- 27. That was done. Now, the date has been changed again. "When we got confirmation that the Blue Angels were coming to Oklahoma City, that was the date on their schedule," said Don Schmidt, Aerospace America spokesman. "So, we are changing our show dates to accommodate them." The schedule was announced at the opening of the International Council of Air Shows convention under way in Las Vegas. It's at this convention that 90 percent of all air show acts are booked for the upcoming season. It also is when the Blue Angels, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and Canadian Royal Air Force Snowbirds announce their schedules for the coming year. After Aerospace America changed the show dates earlier this year, it was felt that there was a slight chance that the Snowbirds also could come, along with the Blue Angels. …

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